Wikimedia Commons/Keith AllisonTerry Rozier led the way with 14 points in the third quarter to spark a comeback for the Celtics, earning them a 2-0 lead in the ECF over the Cavaliers despite Lebron James' 42-point game. Well, it's time to flip that switch.As good as LeBron James has been, the Cavaliers should also tinker with more off-ball sets involving Kevin Love and Kyle Korver.
James, who managed just 15 points in the Game 1 loss, has won five consecutive East playoff series after losing the series opener.
Game 3 is slated for Saturday at 8:30 p.m. EST in Cleveland, as the Cavs, who are down 2-0, will look to climb back into the series. "They're being physical. They're gooning the game up, and we have to do the same thing". "We go out there, we compete".
"We really lean on him", said Brown of Horford. We said we wanted to get Cleveland in the second round, because we knew the way our defense was designed, we could beat a one-man team. And you go and take two hands to the back; that's a dirty shot. Kobe Bryant was polarizing and not almost as likable as Magic, but our booing interests were entrenched and none of us cheered for the Celtics.
Once that second half began, though, the Celtics turned up the effort on both ends, and they were rewarded with a 2-0 series lead, protecting their home-court in the process. It was their first lead since they were up 3-2 only 49 seconds in.
The incident occurred in the closing minutes of Tuesday's contest when Smith shoved Horford in midair while he was attempting a wide-open shot at the rim.
"He's always going to play hard", Celtics guard Terry Rozier said.
James Harden and Chris Paul combined for 64 points in game one but it was not enough, as the Golden State Warriors came away with a 119-106 win. With Kyrie Irving in Boston and Cleveland lacking other drivers and penetrators, the Cavs demanded an unhealthy amount of shot creation from James, whose usage rating skyrocketed.
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The Cavaliers led 55-48 at halftime.
One option is to re-insert Korver at small forward, sit Hill and slide James to the point, where he typically plays anyway but where he'll be more susceptible to double teams and will have to work harder than he is already.
Early on, it seemed as if this night would belong to James and the Cavaliers.
"Whatever LeBron needs, we'll get it done", the players say with confidence before adding, "as long as what he needs isn't basketball". "We're just trying to get the win".
"Jaylen started the game on him, Morris is guarding him a ton".
"I don't know where it came from but that sucker is tough", said Ted Williams, whose sister was the principal of Edward S. Marcus High in Flower Mound, when Smart was in school. If the Cavaliers can't get more balanced scoring, it doesn't matter who Tyronn Lue shuffles in and out of the starting lineup or the rotation in general, it won't matter. "He has been doing it all year".
James has the chance to opt out of his contract and explore the open market, leading to the possibility of him leaving Cleveland for a new home.